For a baby shower I wanted a cake that was a little quirky and would represent my personality since including me there was total of 3 host. I'm a laid back, easy going, joking type of girl and a regular cake would be boring. I decided to build a donut cake with the *BEST donuts in town. The donut cake is like a blank canvas and suitable for any theme.
To design the cake fast and simple a la Semi-homemade I bought a bag of 99cent spice drops found at Walgreens. I stacked different colors of spice drops together and with a rolling pin I rolled it out like a dough (use sugar like you would flour.) I used cookie cutters for the designs. You will need a bowl of sugar to dip the design in after cutting it with a cookie cutter. Additional edible decorations included ring pops as pacifiers.
I used Royal Icing to stick the layers of donuts and decorations together.
3 dozens of donuts (glazed, sprinkles, crumb. It is really up to you)
1 bag of mixed Spice drops (more than enough in decorations)
Royal Icing (recipe follows)
Cake topper (according to your theme)
Various cookie cutter shapes
4 cups of confectioner sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup -3/4 of water
3 tablespoon of meringue powder (found at Micheal's art and crafts)
Color gels (optional)
Mix everything in a KitchenAid until stiff peaks form.
I use a large ziplock bag with the tip cut off as a pastry bag. No fuss no mess.
This particular cake took about 30 donuts with a few cut in half to fill in gaps. It served about 60 guest at half a donut each because we had other sweet treats but a regular serving size would be one donut per guest.
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Notes: I got the spice drops idea from "Hello Cupcake!" If you are a cake/cupcake/gingerbread house decorator; the book has a lot of fun edible ideas. I will be using a lot of the ideas for my gingerbread house this Christmas.
3 dozens of donuts @ $24
Spice drops .99
7 ring pops (.79 each) $5.53
Cake topper $1.50
Total = $32.02 before taxes